To those who have "no sympathy" because "suicide is selfish"
From personal experience, I can say that yes, suicide IS selfish, but depression is a selfish illness - because all you can feel is nothing.
I’m bipolar. We’ve known since I was a kid. But my depressive episodes can get really really bad sometimes.
My earliest memory of suicidal thoughts was…
This. This, on so many levels. And I want to add to this too.
My story with depression may not be the same as my friend Cassie’s, but I can understand where she’s coming from with this blog post. To whoever reads this, I’m not going to bore/entertain you with my own story, because it’s not something I openly talk about anymore. However, I do have this to say:
Yes, I also agree, it’s pretty selfish of me to feel that life isn’t worth living anymore, and I can confirm what Cassie says about people trying to “fix” you, having attempted so many times in the past. Except, depression isn’t something that you can simply “fix.” My feelings and emotions aren’t “broken,” because they are mine. By attempting to anyone the right TO feel anything is also a little selfish, because they are not YOUR feelings and emotions to “fix”.
If you know someone who is going through depression, or if someone has tried to reach out to you, the last thing that person wants to hear is how “selfish” they are, because you’re just being hypocritical.
(Also, if someone is reaching out to you, don’t laugh at them either. Don’t then try to cover up your insensitivity with a thinly-veiled excuse. And don’t then tell everyone that they’re “attention-seeking” when they realise what a jerk you are and want nothing to do with you anymore.)